Mad for stripes!

Just as there are "cat" and "dog" people, I believe there are "dots" and "stripes" people, and I am the latter. Although I do occasionally wear clothed with polka dots, stripes occupy a special place in my heart. Slightly more than a metre of stripy fabric and an ultra simple pattern transformed into a super cozy and comfortable dress.


This project start from a Burda pattern. When I first saw the pattern in the magazine, Idid not pay too much attention to it because I was interested in more sophisticated designs. Now the situation has changed slightly; because I am cycling everywhere, I want to combine and elegant look but at the same time feel comfortable. The other day I was leafing through a pile of Burda magazines hunting for a "comfy glamorous cyclist look. And there it is!




The Chill Dres is a V-neck drew which features only two pattern pieces: front and back. I was drawn to the pattern because it curves at the waist and flows along my body without being too tight or baggy. I sewed a size 38 without any changes.


Having read reviews by other seamstresses who had made the same dress, I noticed they expressed frustration with the sleeves. They pointed out that the side seams finish below the bust line, thus causing the wearer to show some skin than they might have intended to! Well, it did not put me off cutting the pattern without modifying the side seam. When I wear this dress, I put a simple skin colour tube top underneath and it resolves the issue. Also, it creates amazing ventilation when I cycle and sweat does not leave any stains on it. And besides, if someone wants to look at my armpits, good luck to them! Who cares!?


I like this dress so much that I have decided to make more versions of it. A couple of cuts of knit fabric from my stash will be happy!

While writing this post, I realized that Heather from Closet Case Files recently came up with a similar look but with the Coco dress. As they say, great minds think alike :) 

Comments

  1. I really like that dress and the lovely accessories! I vote for more too ;)

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  2. I am a cat and a dog person AND a stripe and a dot person! Why limit yourself to one or the other I say! Stripes are more stylish than dots though, I think. Very French. You look great in this dress and I love your shoes. Also, I am so on board with the low arm opening. Less sweat on garment = less laundry. That can only be good!

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  3. Just yesterday I was hanging some clothes to dry and I was telling my husband I had an obsession for dots. Looking at the clothes we agreed I have a thing for stripes too ☺
    I love how you accessorised the dress, I need a yellow belt now!

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  4. super cute! sometimes, easy is really best :)

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  5. Waow, beauty ! The dress and You <3

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  6. Gah, this is so rad!

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  7. I've already made a top (not a dress) from the same pattern :)

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  8. It's impossible to be all four!!!! :)

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  9. It definitely is!

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  10. Merci, cocotte :)

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  11. Love the styling here. It raises the simple silhouette to the next level.

    I know exactly what you mean about needing ventilation under the arms when cycling!

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  12. Thanks, Sasha!

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  13. Hello, cycling lady :)

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  14. This is cute! Simple but stylish! I'm a stripes person... I wouldn't be caught dead in polka dots! :o

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  15. so cute! it looks versatile. i can come up with so many different ways to style it!

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  16. Oh Inna, you are oozing style in this outfit. So simple, so smart and so practical. Tick tick tick.

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  17. Yes for stripes!

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  18. Tick tick, I like it!

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  19. Мне нравится твоя версия, такое свободное! У меня получилось совсем другое (но я еле втиснулась в свой огрызок ткани:) И проймы я заужала, чтоб теплее было, а вот на длину не хватило ткани, вышло мини, но с леггинсами ок вполне. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dolsi/13914577157/
    Теперь хочу 38 размера, а ты по бурде всегда 38 шьешь(?), мне кажется по фото, что ты 36 бурдовского:)))
    И теперь думаю, я полосатик или мне горошки милее:))

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  20. You made me laugh with your mini mouse polka dots :)

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  21. Прикольное платье получилось :) Относительно бурдовских размеров, я шью 38 для верха и 40 дня низа, но обычно перед тем, так переснимать выкройку, я перемеряю все стратегические места и потом решаю, что делать дальше. Для этого платья ширина бедер была достаточной, чтобы я втиснула свою попу. Так что получился 38 повсюду! Плюс я дорисовала пропуски на швы 0.5см по бокам, 1см на рукава и neckline seam allowance и 3см на низ юбки.


    Спасибо за ссылки на Flickr, теперь буду там тебя высматривать ;)

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  22. Ты где-нить писала, какая у тебя попа?:)) Я поняла, наверное, ты еще предпочитаешь японское свободное облегание:)) У меня попа 96 см и в неприталенных юбках-платьях я в 36 хорошо себя чувствую, а карандаш надо было кроить 38 размера в бедрах (а по таблице я получается между 38 и 40%) Короче, как обычно, с размерами что-то свое у всех:)) А талия 36 размера бывает большая. Да, тоже стараюсь промерять заранее, но не всегда угадываю все равно:))))

    Я что-то на фликр почти только в ммм постить стала, обленилась:)

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  23. Maider....Masustak4 September 2014 at 15:53

    Sooo cute! I love stripy dresses! Yours turned out very chic.

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  24. I LOOOVE this dress! I am a stripes person ;-) When I look at my son's clothes, he only has t-shirts with stripes, opus :-)

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  25. Yes for stripes!

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  26. Hugoooo! Merci cocotte XXX

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  27. This dress looks SO comfortable. I want it!!

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  28. I'll swap it for your Nettie dress :)

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  29. Yes, I also see myself swanning around Sydney in this dress...when the weather finally warms up!

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  30. Swapping among sewing bloggers SHOULD be a thing!

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  31. Thanks! When I was in Paris wearing this dress, many girls looked green with envy :)

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  32. Love it! Am so so addicted to stripes and I want something just like this for summer. What's the fabric you used? And ps, cat person- clearly! Pps my cat also has stripes.

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  33. This is jersey which I picked from the stand with fabric remnants. Do you make clothes for cats? If not - you should make your cat a stripy top :)

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  34. Haha! She'd be disgusted with me. I once tied a neckbow on her for a party and I'm pretty sure it was black and whites stripes! She tolerated it, with disdain!

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